Keysight Technologies, a test and measurement equipment manufacturer, released news today of a new series of oscilloscopes, the 1000 X-Series.
The company describes these scopes as being "ideal for students and new scope users", partly because they come with oscilloscope resource literature specifically designed for students and partly because they cost between $500 and $900 (compared to other Keysight oscilloscope lines which range between $1000+ and $450,000+, depending on the series).
The EDUX1002A. Image courtesy of Keysight Technologies.
Each of the four scopes shares the following specs:
- 2 channels
- 7-inch display
- 50,000 waveforms per second waveform update rate (via MegaZoom IV custom ASIC technology)
- 8-bit ADC resolution
The scopes differ in the following specs:
|Name||Bandwidth||Max Memory Depth||Max Sample Rate||Protocol Trigger & Decodes|
|EDUX1002A||50MHz||100Kpts||1 GSa/s||I2C, UART (optional)|
|EDUX1002G||50 MHz||100Kpts||1GSa/s||I2C, UART (optional)|
|DSOX1102A||70 MHz*||1 Mpts||2 GSa/s||CAN, LIN (optional)|
|DSOX1102G||70 MHz*||1 Mpts||2 GSa/s||I2C, UART (optional)|
*Upgradable to 100MHz with software license
Each scope offers additional built-in measurement tools: a digital voltmeter, a frequency counter, and a protocol analyzer (via optional software). The EDUX1002G and the DSOX1102G also support a 20 MHz arbitrary waveform generator and a frequency-response analyzer.
Despite that these are Keysight's least expensive scopes so far (by a significant margin), they're not breaking any new ground in terms of market space. There are plenty of scopes available in this price range offer similar features. Tektronix offers the comparable TBS1000B-EDU Series (PDF) for a similar price point, also geared towards students. Rigol's 1000Z Series (PDF), specifically the MSO1074Z-S, also has similar specs and is in the same ballpark in terms of cost. And Siglent's SDS1102CML is also highly comparable and is even cheaper. Whether Keysight's reputation for high-end scopes will lure business away from these competitors is yet to be seen.